College Admissions Info

aarong
aarong
Yale University ‘15
BS, Psychology, Cognitive Science

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 4 supplemental essays
  • 8 advice topics

Student Background

Trying to learn everything while I'm in the best place for it.
From: Wilmington , Delaware
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: Yale, UPenn, Johns Hopkins, Pitt, Drexel
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2340
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Highest SAT: 2340
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High School Performance

Top 1%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis, Soccer, Cross Country
Extracurricular Activities: School Choir, Academic Decathlon, Debate Club/Team, Community or summer theater/plays
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College Application Essays

“Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.” -Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “Solitude” It’s close to a truism, isn’t it? Nearly everyone has a sense of humor, and we all shy from sorrow. Even so, I’ve always doubted the veracity of Mrs. Wilcox’s claim. I’ve often been the only person in a crowded room to crack up in response to some subtle absurdity. The craziness of the world we live in – gifted...

















Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
633 Words
(National Merit Scholarship) The most inspiring kid I’ve met in high school graduated last year. From a typical viewpoint, graduation was his only accomplishment. His GPA hovered around 2.0, and he dropped out of honors classes in sophomore year. His attendance was shaky; he played no sports and joined no clubs. In four years, he attended zero football games and one dance. He even skipped graduation; his last day in school, he told me in June, was to fetch his...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
512 Words
(For Yale) I’m allergic to dander, shaving cream and ignorance. The first two I’ve learned to endure, for the sake of the family cat and the face of my future girlfriend. The third? Intolerable. Every morning, I tiptoe downstairs ahead of my family to fetch the paper; the delivery man salutes me when our paths cross. Arriving home from school, I park myself at the computer to check Slate’s breaking stories. Longform.org brings me in-depth accounts...







Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
524 Words
Attending Wharton will let me pursue nearly any academic path I can imagine, but with my broad imagination, this presents a conundrum. If I must narrow my goals to a sound bite… well, I want to work with ideas. I’m creative to a fault, never satisfied with derivative plans or bland repetition. Unless it leaves me with time for an Atlantic column or freelance consulting, I can’t see myself as an actuary or accountant (“creative” accounting has unpleasant...









Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
1823 Words
(Presidential Scholars application) Leonardo da Vinci drew the Vitruvian Man to represent an ideally proportioned human body, but the image carries historical and symbolic significance well beyond its initial purpose. Da Vinci’s addition of solid, geometric shapes to an artistic illustration helped mark the resurgence of Western science after 150 years of decline, and the ideas behind his diagram were essential to the developing Renaissance. Moreover, the figure – whose creator’s life exemplified balance – has today been co-opted by NASA...

























College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
63 Words
My Yale interviewer requested a list of books I'd read over the past year, though I think that might just have been an idiosyncrasy of his. You should probably keep track of books you read, especially those you read for fun--they were at one point a Harvard supplemental option, and it's helpful to be able to remember and talk about...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
53 Words
Get a giant Kaplan book and spend a day circling everything for which you might be eligible. Pay special attention to scholarships that look slightly difficult to apply to--you won't have much competition for them. State-specific scholarships are also a much more likely bet than those open to all of the U.S.

How I chose schools to apply to
91 Words
I'll repeat the usual stretch-happy-safety advice, but throw this in: find at least one school (like the University of Pittsbugh) that offers a certain number of full merit scholarships. That way, even if you don't get into a need-blind school or don't qualify for much aid at an Ivy, you might be able to do college for free if something...



My advice about getting recommenders
70 Words
Start hanging out with teachers more often. Ask them questions about their subject, and how they came to love it. They're some of the most interesting people you know, even if you don't realize it, and it's worth taking the time to know them. I did this, learned a lot, and wound up with terrific recommendation letters, just by showing...



Post-college plans
77 Words
I plan to go after some high-income consulting positions and other work at interesting research centers that like psychologists and don't require a PhD. My goal, if I can get a good salary right away, is to donate as much as possible to those whose lives I can save for a few thousand dollars (i.e. through the Against Malaria...



Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Create things that last, whether that means learning to program, writing a novel, keeping a massive journal, or founding an organization that provides a useful service within your community. Travel and classes are nice, but the experience of organizing a project will be invaluable in college, and will wow admissions officers. I went through National Novel Writing Month twice, and...



What set me apart from other applicants
96 Words
I was a good writer and fanatical reader. The note on my acceptance letter mentioned that the admissions office had enjoyed my Common App essay, specifically. But reading and writing were things I enjoyed anyway. My advice: find something you won't mind doing for the next couple of years, and work hard to be good at it in interesting ways. ...



Why I ultimately chose my school
68 Words
I wanted to walk into a classroom and know for sure that everyone around me was better than me at many things, and that they'd have something to teach me. I passed on a full scholarship at another school for Yale, because I knew that I'd feel constant pressure (the good kind) from the people around me, and that I'd...